Where do Truckers sleep?

Discussion in 'Questions From New Drivers' started by erricherry, Jul 8, 2020.

  1. erricherry

    erricherry Bobtail Member

    Jul 8, 2020
    Hi, I am thinking of a life change. Where do most companies have their drivers sleep? Is it always in cabs or are their any companies who put their drivers in hotels?

    Thank you.
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  3. Numb

    Numb Crusty Curmudgeon

    Jan 30, 2012
    Charlotte, N.Carolina
    depends on the kind of trucking they do.

    long haul, sleep in the sleeper of the truck.

    the terminal to terminal,day cab,(line haul), driver is in a motel.

    local,city driver is home each night.

    and then there are different variations to meet the companies needs.
  4. drivingmissdaisy

    drivingmissdaisy Medium Load Member

    Jun 10, 2019
    If you're just starting out pretty much only OTR is going to hire you. I had no experience, multiple college degrees and a CDL. After wasting a year and a half applying to local companies I applied to 3 OTR companies and received 2 job offers in less than 45 minutes. (I kid you not).

    OTRs sleep in the truck.
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  5. Chinatown

    Chinatown Road Train Member

    Aug 28, 2011
    Henderson, NV & Orient
    Where is your location? State and nearest city/town.
    Do you want OTR or local/regional?
    As @Numb posted, depends on which type trucking you do; may be home every day or stay in motel or sleep in truck.
    For me, I like running the roads and sleeping in the truck.
  6. Moon_beam

    Moon_beam Medium Load Member

    Aug 29, 2012
    Less than Truck Load, (LTL), like SAIA and Old Dominion do turns and sleep at their own homes. The line haul drivers may travel 250 miles from home then swap trailers with another driver and return home and this is done at night. The city drivers work in the day time. You may be required to work the dock or city before being allowed to be a line haul driver.
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  7. Accidental Trucker

    Accidental Trucker Road Train Member

    Jun 4, 2015
    I’m sitting here wondering “why the question?”.

    When I drove regularly, I much preferred to stay in the truck. Today, with APU /EPU, inverters, fridges and microwaves? Just slide into a parking spot, grab a bite of your favorite dinner, sleep on your own bed and pillow..... and be off in a flash again in the morning. More comfort, lots of time savings.
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  8. Lennythedriver

    Lennythedriver Medium Load Member

    Feb 14, 2020
    OTR = sleeper on truck. Personally, even if my company put me up in a hotel, I’d probably still sleep on my truck having a sleeper. Just way more convenient and I’m used to it.
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  9. Muskie

    Muskie Light Load Member

    Feb 27, 2019
    After driving OTR and sleeping in the truck, I thought that was the way to go. But now, after driving line haul in a day cab, I prefer the hotel. Would never go back to the truck sleeping, without compensation. Money talks, unfortunately OTR company driving underpays, and not just a little.
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  10. king Q

    king Q Road Train Member

    Jul 26, 2010
    Johannesburg sa
    A few decades ago when I still drove we would get about an hour per a day while in the seat , not very safe but we took it in 5 second increments.
    I'm not bragging , quite the opposite really.
    Absolutely irresponsible and the reason my drivers now are expressly forbidden from driving when tired.
    I ruined my health driving over a 100 hours a week and only sleeping a few hours about 5 times a week.
    When you are in your 20's you feel 10ft tall and bulletproof.
    I abused my body terribly and now its abusing me back.
  11. Capacity

    Capacity Medium Load Member

    Jul 28, 2019
    Neenah Wisconsin
    I used to prefer Embassy Suites , free happy hour 530 / 730 , free hot breakfast , big parking lots.
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